Great Work of Love

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We ask for forgiveness and we ask for help to forgive.

Forgiveness can be hard. We can’t seem to give up hurts and slights. We hold grudges and resentments. We want forgiveness but can’t always seem to confess or apologize.

In Luke 17, Jesus says “forgive”, “even if it’s personal against you and repeated seven times through the day and seven times [the person] says ‘I’m sorry, I won’t do it again,’ forgive.”

Really Jesus? Seven times someone attacks us personally, then says they’re sorry each time, we should still forgive? No wonder forgiveness is hard.

Henri J.M. Nouwen writes, "Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family."

May we be people who forgive and believe that we are forgiven so that we might practice the great work of love. Tomorrow we gather to remember and support one another in this practice. 10:00 am won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,

Vikki

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